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Developing talents is our strongest asset. However, when students face difficulties they run the risk of not obtaining a diploma. In times like these, society cannot afford to lose talent. VUB rector Caroline Pauwels launched a Relief Fund for students to ensure equal opportunities and inclusive education.

The Relief Fund’s mission is to stand by students facing urgent financial, material, social or psychological needs. Your support is a smart investment with good value for money. It boosts our society’s resilience and sustains its economic productivity. We need partners: alumni, enterprises and VUB-sympathizers.

“As a student I combine my internship with my student job. For my thesis I have to be able to work online everywhere. Without a laptop, I cannot finish my thesis.” Master student J. (22)


The VUB fosters a warm community in which students, academics, corporate partners and organizations mutually support one another.

Are you the alumnus lending a helping hand to students disrupted by financial difficulties? Is your enterprise willing to invest in tomorrow’s leaders and innovators? Who else agrees that we cannot let talent be spoiled in our competitive world? Who will contribute to a more resilient and inclusive society?

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How everyone benefits from philanthropy

Diversity on the work floor increases enterprise productivity. Beyond classical CSR, many businesses consciously invest in student talent development. Inclusivity is central to their long-term vision and strategy. How do inclusiveness and diversity fit into your business’ CSR vision? Let’s get in touch to see how this could work for your business. Contact Isabelle Marneffe (Isabelle.Marneffe@vub.be).

All united behind one goal

The VUB Caroline Pauwels Relief Fund emerged from a collaborative effort uniting the VUB Foundation, the International Relations Office, Education and Student Affairs Service (Social, Legal and Financial Support, the Kot Coach and Study Guidance) and the Student Council. Your donation helps to relieve students' financial, material, social or psychological needs. Students count on us. VUB Rector Caroline Pauwels counts on you.

“My mother became a single parent and a debt collector seized her belongings. My child support money is used for my step sister and little brother. My study allowance does not suffice to make the ends meet.” Bachelor student C. (19)
In Belgium, donations of €40 and above are fiscally deductible.

VUB. Every donation returns.

Invest in equal educational opportunities.
The world needs you. #LeaveNoOneBehind.

Donate online or via transfer at the IBAN account number

BE51 0013 6779 3562 of the VUB with reference GIFTFO7.

‘A donation to my fund is a wise investment. The world needs talents.’

Rector Caroline Pauwels

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Sharing is caring

The need is high and our time is low. Every helping hand is more than welcome. Even if you can’t donate, you can still share. Share this page with your network and help us to create equal opportunities for each and every talent. We leave no one behind.

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Give a student a hope

The measures taken to limit the spread of the COVID-19-virus create many difficulties for our youth. Distress might seem invisible in some cases, but it’s certainly developing into a problem that we can no longer ignore. The social and digital gaps are widening fast. Even on our VUB-campuses: 1 on 5 students need financial support to continue their studies. Some of our students are facing – apart from their financial problems – social and psychological difficulties. That is why the VUB Caroline Pauwels Relief Fund was founded. Donate and help so that none of these young talents get lost.

Help to make the difference

You can offer students in need a better perspective with a symbolic present. Even though the presents are symbolic, their impact is real. Your donation really helps. Discover beneath the true meaning of your contribution.

Costs of living: €50

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Laptop: €500

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Accommodation: €320

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Books and curricula: €40 to €500

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Psychological support: €50

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This gives you an idea of what every donation means for a student in need. You are free to donate a higher or lower amount. Every donation helps.

How everyone wins with philanthropy

In Belgium, donations of €40 and above are fiscally deductible. Help even more students out by sharing this page with your family, friends and colleagues. Sharing is not only caring, but also multiplying.

VUB. Every donation returns.

These are hard times for all. But for some, this new reality is even harder. For who has less, even a small donation makes a great difference. Everything that you can miss, will have an enormous impact for one of our students. You give them perspective and offer them an escape from a harsh reality. You give them the possibility to develop. Everyone has a talent that will sooner or later contribute to our society. Together we leave no one behind. #LeaveNoOneBehind

'When the pandemic began, I was wondering how to manage with a reduced income. I had enough money to pay rent for a few months, but was not able to buy food. The money the VUB gave me helped me to support myself while looking for a job. Without this help, I would have been forced to drop out.' L. N. L. (21) Bachelor of Social Sciences student

‘Nobody could have imagined the scenario of 2020 and yet it became reality. I sincerely believe that we – the VUB community – can give a positive twist to this tale. Let’s prove together that the VUB is a place where equal opportunities – both in life and education – is not a utopian, but rather a standard value. My objective is to help out all of our students in need. Will you help me realize it?’

Rector Caroline Pauwels

‘Our students count on us and I would like to count on you.’


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The VUB community works

Numerous donors have already raised more than €210.000 for our students in need. They have proven that the VUB is a warm community that leaves no one behind. In the name of all of our students in need, we thank you!